West Coast Soccer makes huge impression at the most prestigious Soccer College Showcase in the country, The Surf College Cup. The U18 West Coast Kryptonite are Norcal’s 2013 State Champions and only State Champions are automatically accepted into the Surf event. The tournament is designed to attract the best of the best players and teams to showcase to over 400 college coaches in attendance.
Kryptonite departed last Thursday to San Diego to test their medal against the best of the best at the Surf College Cup and competition began on Friday morning at the Del Mar Polo fields in Del Mar CA. With over 20 fields in one location you can imagine it was quite the spectacle and the perfect setting for hundreds of college coaches looking at players to recruit for their soccer programs, the players, parents and teams were ecstatic. West Coast would face off against the home team Surf Academy where West Coast
took care of the ever important fist game with a 3-1 result. The second game of the tournament would be a fantastic experience as the FUTECA CAMP ELITE from Guatemala traveled to the US to showcase their top team. West Coast would dominate the Guatemalan side and
get win # two with a 2-0 result. Going into the third and final bracket play Kryptonite only needed a tie or win to advance as the top seed in the bracket. West Coast played to a 0-0 tie against Black Diamond SC from Utah. What a great experience it was to play out
of state and out of country teams, but the semi final was a different story… it would be a long time coming showdown between cross town rivals, the local “Darby” or “Classico” if you will. West Coast Soccer vs Rage ECNL to determine who would move onto the final of the most prestigious College Showcase in the country. It was a game to remember as both teams put everything they had into the game ending 0-0 in regulation. Neither team would budge in the 20 extra minutes of overtime and the deadlock would have to be settled by shots from the mark. West Coast dominated the Penalty kicks, GK Haley Crook stopped the Rage shooters cold in their tracks and West
Coast only needed 3 shots to seal their place in the final. “Our coach gave us the shooting line up and some advice, we were super organized and calm and got the job done” said team captain Mireya Magana who hit home the game winning goal. West Coast would have
to turn around and recover fast as they would have to play their 5th game of the weekend with only 2 hours rest! Kryptonite played a solid game against Pac NW from Washington in the final but lost on a questionable pk call 0-1. After the game multiple college coaches rushed the Kryptonite players to make offers. “I am so proud of these young ladies, this team has been completely revamped following their National Championship in July where 11 players were offered college scholarships (more than any other club in the district) We had only 3 returning players from the 3 time state cup championship team. Making it to the final of the biggest college showcase in America with 15 new players that just started training together 4 months ago in nothing short of amazing!” West Coast was founded by
Troy Dayak in 2011, he coaches the Kryptonite and the U15-18 WCS Showcase teams. This is quite an accomplishment for such a young club with only three years in the making, West Coast has rapidly ascended to the top of the elite clubs status in the country and continue to set a new standard when compared to clubs that cost 4 times as much to join. West coast competes in the NPL- National Premier league and is a member of the WCDA- Western College Development association.